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The Legend of Black Caesar still haunts the Florida Keys

The Legend of Black Caesar still haunts the Florida Keys

Black Caesar is an elusive character, a pirate of some renown who roamed the Florida Keys, or so goes the legend. We explore his lair, and so can you!

The fort is built of coquina, like Castillo San Marco in St. Augustine.

Fort Matanzas: St. Augustine’s charming free fort reopens after storm

St. Augustine’s Fort Matanzas is a small stone fort on a pristine island. You take a short ferry ride for a ranger-led tour. The fort was closed for eight months after Hurricane Irma and recently reopened.

The Florida Keys  Brewing Company in Islamorada

New things to do on Islamorada, a great stop in Florida Keys

There are excellent reasons to stop in Islamorada on your Florida Keys trip, including a cluster of cultural attractions. A new top-notch museum in Islamorada has a Clyde Butcher photo exhibit this summer.

The West Martello garden has beautiful views onto Higgs Beach. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

Free in Key West: Things to do without breaking your budget

No doubt about it: Key West is expensive. But despite its small size, Key West is packed with things to do and see — and some are even free. Here are a half dozen places to go where you’ll soak up Key West culture without opening your wallet.

Flock to a wonderland of birds on tiny Pelican Island

Flock to a wonderland of birds on tiny Pelican Island

The nation’s first wildlife refuge was created by President Teddy Roosevelt to stop plume-hunters from wiping out several species of birds. The birds are back, and spring is a great time to visit. (You’ll need a kayak for a closeup look.)

Sunset over the Amelia River at Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island.

Amelia Island & Fernandina Beach: Beaches, hikes, historic sites and more

With eight state parks, a national park, scads of history and top beaches, Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach make a great base to explore northeast Florida.

Desert Inn at Yeehaw Junction

Historic Desert Inn stands tall at Yeehaw Junction

The billboards on the Turnpike are gone, and so are the discount coupons, but the legendary Desert Inn is still kickin’ at Yeehaw Junction.

‘Saltwater Railroad’ had its roots on popular Florida beach

‘Saltwater Railroad’ had its roots on popular Florida beach

They met on South Florida’s beaches apprehensively, seeking flight to a better life in the Bahamas. If they were fortunate, they would haggle a fair price and board a boat bound for Andros Island.

Schnebly Redland's Winery & Brewery has an inviting outdoor area for trying the wines and beers.

A day exploring the Redland: Agriculture and rustic charm thrive near Miami

The historic agricultural area surrounding the Homestead entrance to Everglades National Park offers so many cool experiences — a park where you can see and sample exotic fruits, free tours of a spectacular orchid grower’s estate, a local tropical-fruit winery and famous fruit milkshakes and cinnamon rolls.

Photo by stephg67 via Flickr

Azaleas bloom at Ravine Gardens; celebrated in festival March 3-4, 2018

It’s spring in Florida: Azaleas are blazing in white, lavender, pink and red at a Florida state park with a rich history.

Largest Civil War re-enactment in Southeast occurs near Jacksonville at Olustee Battlefield Historic Park Feb. 14-16.

Civil War buffs: Florida’s biggest battle, Olustee, re-enacted Feb. 16-18, 2018

At Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park near Jacksonville, Florida’s largest Civil War battle will be re-enacted, with gun smoke, booming cannons and cavalry. Three of the famous “Colored Regiments” were among 10,000 troops that fought here.